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WIPO Reviews

Updated January 8, 2017
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  1. "Contractor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great supervisor, long deadlines, great pay

    Cons

    Not much work, most of it outsourced to agencies


  2. "Legal Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    international, great economic conditions, good balance

    Cons

    international organisation, sometimes slow, bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    more career development


  3. Helpful (2)

    "How to waste your professional life..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money, short working hours, long holidays, cantine...

    Cons

    Arrogant, pretentious, lazy and unfair management.

    Advice to Management

    Burn it down and rebuilt something. Private sector could probably handle Madrid and PCT. Everything else is pretty useless anyway.


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  5. "Good employer with loads of family benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Home Leave, education grant ddddyyy fgfdsgdfg fsdf

    Cons

    Career progression is limited dfdsfdm jfasdhf ahsfdajshfd asjhfdj


  6. "Comfortable lethargy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well-paid (though Switzerland is expensive), nice offices, good location with views of the Alps and the Lake. Two decent canteens.

    Cons

    Old-style bureaucracy (nothing moves without a paper memo, circulated in a cardboard folder to all relevant persons); no common strategy or passion. Departments do not work together. A culture of entitlement, with poisonous staff-management relations exacerbated by a strident and legalistic staff association.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with your efforts to root out the dreadful staff association. Develop some esprit de corps around WIPO's mission. Stop shaving staff benefits - it looks mean-spirited; rather, get rid of the second raters instead. Implement with passion the objective of the WIPO Convention - to protect IP.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "It was a rewarding experience in a multicultural environment."

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    Current Employee - Fellow in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Fellow in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The fellowship gave me exposure to international environment and it was well-paid contract. It was initially 3 month contract and ended up extending to 9 months. I enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    I didn't think that my supervisor qualified for what she is doing. It seems she got her position by connection. I don't know if it a general problem at WIPO; it is just my experience. The fellowship, although a great opportunity, didn't give me any stability whatsoever as I was given notice of extension only 3 weeks prior to the expiration of my contract. Nerve-wracking, I know!! Also, a recent policy forbid temporary employees from applying to the organization posts. Most positions do have short application's period. Not only I cannot apply to any position while working there, I should observe 2 months after the end of my contract before I can apply to anything.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the work environment. The weird thing is how come unqualified people get hired and continue working at WIPO despite the fact that given its nature, it must receive thousands of applicants, hundreds of which are overqualified to any position.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "WIPO: A Golden Cage"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Officer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Officer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, compensation package is huge.

    Cons

    Many managers at WIPO should never even get close to a managerial position. The Senior Management Team is mostly fighting between each other. The organization is extremely political and promotions are almost impossible if you don't have your government behind you or if you don't have strong backup within the organization. It's like a gold cage: Financially very good but intellectually it is an insult to work for WIPO.

    Advice to Management

    Management is beyond repair. Advice to WIPO Member States: Select a Director-General and Deputy DGs who know how to manage this house. Select people who have social intelligence and know how to motivate others. Professionals who care.


  9. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bengaluru (India)

    Pros

    Global Exposure,Work Place is fine as well with good infrastructure

    Cons

    Growth and Fairness in Promotions

    Advice to Management

    Fairness in Promotions and Employee Movement to other Operations within Wipro


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great training, fair work distributions, room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Examiner in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Assistant Examiner in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stability, international environment fairness, great employee benefits

    Cons

    promotions can be difficult to obtain if you are not pushed by the correct people


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Conseiller juridique" "Legal Officer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (More than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Environnement de travail international, grands avantages, bon salaire, excellent équilibre travail-vie, bonnes perspectives d'affaires parce que l'OMPI a un monopole sur les dépôts de demandes selon le PCT et les demandes de brevets (et le besoin de protection internationale) ne fera qu'augmenter

    International work environment, great benefits, good salary, great work life balance, good business outlook because WIPO has a monopoly over PCT filings and patent applications (and the need for international protection) will only increase

    Cons

    L'OMPI est totalement mal géré, tout simplement. Venant du secteur privé, j'ai été choqué de voir qu'il y a tant de personnes à des postes de gestion qui manquent de compétences et d'aptitudes sociales ou de direction. L'ambiance était mauvaise parce qu'il semblait que les gens ne faisaient que se poignarder dans le dos au niveau de la haute direction. L'OMPI embauche presque toujours des personnes qui ont des relations mais aucune compétence. L'OMPI a de sérieux problèmes avec le népotisme, la corruption et l'inefficacité. Tout cela fait de l'OMPI un environnement de travail désastreux pour les jeunes, les personnes ambitieuses et talentueuses.

    WIPO is just totally mismanaged. Coming from the private sector, I was shocked that there are so many people in managing positions who lack any competence and social or leading skills. The atmosphere was bad because it seemed that the top management only focused on stabbing each other's back. WIPO almost always hires people with connections but zero skills. WIPO has some serious problems with nepotism, corruption and inefficiencies. All this makes WIPO a disastrous work environment for young, ambitious and talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Il est nécessaire que les États membres (en particulier les États-Unis, l'Allemagne, la France, etc) veillent à ce que la transparence, les principes d'efficacité et de mérite s'appliquent. L'OMPI pourrait être un endroit de rêve pour travailler. Elle traite de la propriété intellectuelle dont beaucoup de gens (moi y compris) sont passionnés. Il y a un très grand nombre de personnes hautement qualifiées qui adoreraient travailler pour l'OMPI et seraient en mesure de créer une bonne ambiance interne. Embauchez des personnes (dont, et surtout, les membres de la haute direction) qui sont vraiment qualifiées et adhèrent à la cause. L'ONU va lentement perdre toute sa réputation au fur et à mesure que les gens deviennent conscients de ce qu'elle est vraiment. Je suis parti de l'OMPI parce que je n'y ai pas trouvé un environnement dynamique, des gens intelligents, des projets stimulants.

    Member States (especially the US, Germany, France etc) should ensure that transparency, efficiency and merits principles apply. WIPO could be a dream place to work. It deals with IP which many people (including myself) are passionate about. There are tons of highly qualified people who would love to work for WIPO and would be able to create a great atmosphere from the inside. Hire people (including, and most importantly, top management) that is truly skilled and cares for the purpose. The UN will slowly loose all of its reputation the more people become aware what it really is. I left WIPO because I didn't find a dynamic environment, smart people, challenging projects.



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